Here are 9 reasons why Low-fat diets damage your Health
- Fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are found in fatty foods. We only get Vitamin A from fat food sources like oily fish, grass-fed dairy and meat, liver and egg yolks.
- Fat is essential for good Digestion. The gallbladder only releases bile when it is signalled by fat in the meal and bile then emulsifies the fat so that it can be absorbed. When bile sits in the gallbladder too long it becomes thicker and sticky and is harder to expel. Eventually gallstones and gallbladder attacks result. We have seen massively increasing numbers of gallbladder surgery from people eating low-fat or poor fat (Trans fats and highly processed fat) diets. Fat is also necessary for proper digestion of proteins and it is only a relatively modern trait to eat lean protein and to avoid eating offal like liver. Some people even going as far as eating egg white omelette. One of the best saturated fats to eat is Coconut oil – especially for people who have had their gallbladder removed.
- Blood Sugar Regulation and Insulin Resistance. Increased sugar and processed carbohydrates alongside low-fat is very bad for blood sugar and insulin. We are seeing an epidemic of Diabetes and even seeing Type 2 Diabetes diagnosed in children. The secondary effects of diabetes can be as profound as blindness, early heart attacks and loss of limbs. The effects of a low-fat but high sugar diet can be seen in a build up of visceral fat, which is fat stored in the abdominal cavity, around the vital organs. This fat is especially dangerous because it changes the way your body works. It doesn’t just sit there waiting to be used – it causes inflammation and hormone disruption. It is linked to increased risk of Heart disease, Stroke, Cancer, Depression, and many other chronic conditions.
- Cholesterol Balance. Cholesterol is an essential substance for healing and repair in the body in response to inflammation. We need good quality fats in our diet to ensure we keep inflammation down and repair and regeneration at its best. We know know that the only harmful Cholesterol is small, dense LDL particles caused by cereals and processed vegetable oils but eating good quality fats helps turn these into harmless Cholesterol.
- Hormones. We need to consume healthy sources of cholesterol-rich saturated fats to support our production of sex hormones like testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone. Low-fat diets also prevent the detox and elimination of oestrogen in particular. Oestrogen dominance then causes PMS and menopausal symptoms in women and erectile dysfunction and ‘man-boobs’ in men.
- Immune System. Our immune system also relies on quality fats in our diet. Fats make up the protective outer layer of cells including the cells of our digestive system. The Microbiome of beneficial bacteria in our gut also relies on healthy fats, especially the Omega 3 fats from fish oil. Our Microbiome is 80% of our immune system and also it has been shown to affect whether or not we put on weight.
- Brain Function. The brain is 60% fat, saturated fat the main component. For your body to be able to burn fats rather than predominantly sugars (Ketosis) is an important part of preventing and treating Dementia and Cancer. People who consume good quality saturated fats on a regular basis reduce their chances of developing dementia by 36% (Grain Brain by Dr.David Perlmutter). A diet high in Monounsaturated fats, like Olive oil, increases Acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter that helps learning and memory. Omega 3 fish oils have been shown to be very beneficial in the development of the brain.
- Detox of hormones and toxins, as mentioned above, is reliant on the liver and the production of bile. Good sources of saturated fat, like butter or coconut oil can encourage detoxification and help balance hormones and weight loss.
- Ageing. You may have noticed that there are two ways to age badly. The first is to be overweight with lots of visceral fat, joint problems, and toxins and the second is to be extremely thin, dry skin, dry hair and early wrinkles. Both cases are usually the result of insufficient good fats and oils which also have an influence on Collagen.
As opposed to the Salad at the top of the Post – this is a healthier salad. Contains sardines in olive oil, Avocado and Beetroot to support the liver. You could also add an olive oil and lemon dressing or a cold potato salad with olive oil mayonnaise. Forget counting calories and concentrate on eating high nutrition foods that will satisfy you.